How to customize your 1911 grips

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  1. Woodnut

    Woodnut Forum Sponsor Supporting Member

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    Here is another set I have been working on for a while now. Just finished them up today. They were special ordered.
    These have the SIS design with the badlands texture and was inked after putting the texture on, then a coat of finish was applied. This is a new technique for me. But turned out good I'm sure I will have more orders for these bad boys.
    Let me know what you think.

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    Here is another set of Officers grips for a gentleman that wanted an EOD logo on them. He chose the KOA wood and they turned out good.

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  3. GunnyGene

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    Very nice grips Carl. Never had the chance to work with Koa, myself.

    I did find some very nice Flame Box Elder in a tree I salvaged this past spring tho. Not quite as nice as this ;), but it was a welcome surprise. :) About 200bf. Should be dry by next fall.

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    I'm still trying to find someone who can make grips for my RIA 1911-A2, double stack. They need to be thin but it looks to me like not an impossible task for someone with the tools. Seems like you could just start out with regular 1911 grips, then mill off the back side along a straight line to match the contour of the wider mag well. There are tabs along one edge just below the thumb safety that complicate the job though.

    Custom wood grips are available for the Para double stack but they wont fit the RIA which has a slightly different grip screw hole spacing. If anyone is willing to give this a try, please pm me.
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    If I had the right tools to do it I would say yes I can help. But I just don't have the mill it would take to do this. I built 2 sets for the Para P14 and each time I really lost my but in labor, because of the intense work on the back side of the grip. I had to do all of this with a chisel and rasp and it took me almost a week on the first pair. Then I thought I would do a second pair faster, well I was wrong. So I came to the conclusion that there would be no more.
    Wish I could help. If I were a young man I would buy a mill, because there is really a market for this type grip. But I'm so old I could never pay for such a machine.
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    That is some beautiful Elder, wanna share? LOL. That is some of the nicest I have seen. It would be nice to send it to someone that could stabilize it for you. I don't have a clue as to the charge for something like this, but think that if it is reasonable, it would be worth it.
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    Remind me next fall. Maybe we can work a deal. Sometimes the bright red colors fade out considerably as it dries, so at this point I don't know if any of it will be worth anything.

    Btw, here's a site where might find some in the near term http://woodbarter.com/index.php . This is not a commercial site, but a forum where you can buy/sell privately.
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    That sounds good. I will try and remember to remind you.
    Thanks.
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    Trying to get caught up for the Deer hunt. I did happen to make a picture. I usually forget to make until it is shipped, Then it is too late. These are made of bonded Ivory.
    Enjoy!

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    More custom grips.

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    Carl you rock! When I finally ever get my 1911, your the first man I'm calling
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    Full size 1911 Kimber. Grip thickness is .172, a little thicker than slim line, and a little thinner than standard. These go to NC to a lady who ordered a set of slim line grips from Kimber and they measued .181, said she wanted them a little thinner, so this is what I cam up with. She liked the ones I did for DoubleD, so she ordered the same thing in the full size. She picked a beautiful piece of AZ Desert Ironwood.
    Enjoy! Now don't look at the photography because it is a little blurred as usual. Someday I will get the hang of it.

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    You mean these? I know why she liked these!!

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    Dan, I would like to know how you make such great pictures. I know lighting has a lot to do with it. Don't come back and say it was made with my Iphone and no special lighting.
    I may end up getting an Iphone just to make pictures with. Those are great. I saved those pictures to your file and I am going to crop them a little and use them on my Gallery2 that I have been working on. The one I have now has enough pictures on it, so I am making a second one.
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    Seriously I have a cheap little kodak camera that has to have a battery change every 10 pictures it takes and it is set on auto focus. I dont do anything but hold it close to the gun and snap the picture and then download it and crop it to size. No lighting except what is in the room (which is lousy) and I am the biggest amateur with a camera there is.
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    Thanks Dan. I don't know how many mega pixles you have, but you need to hang on to that camera. It does a super job. Wish I had one.
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    I hate this piece of crap camera. It dies on you all the time. Its nothing special at all. Its a z1285...12mp its 5-6 yrs old. I have been thinking about buying a real camera one day and if I do, I will gladly send you this one....
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    Dan, that gun is gorgeous!

    And ATI, Rochester NY? I live in Rochester.
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    Its a Philippine made gun made by shooters arms manufacturing or S.A.M. for short, but made well and it shoots good. I had it in the shop when I closed down and it ended up in my collection. I wouldnt hesitate to own another...
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